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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

What would be a good one from say '72 or '73?

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Poster: Travv Date: May 15, 2011 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

One of, if not my favorite Gd song. So many great versions and shows, July 1, 73, and May 26, 77 in particular.

Hunter weaves many themes into song verses. Conjecture as to meanings:

A song of passing on to the great beyond. Farewell to you ol' southern skies...The Mississippi Summer of Freedom 1964 when 3 civil rights workers were murdered and the marches in '65, particularly from Selma to Montgomery when marchers were attacked and driven back across the bridge over the river.

Disappointment lies and fraud in life. When we think we've hit the jackpot or found freedom, the ship of life is ripped off by those meant to keep it safe and dismantled, the game is rigged, the pool cue isn't straight, loaded dice, cue ball made of styrofoam, and "no one's got the time"- no one knows what's going on or what's right.

Death involves crossing the river Styx in mythology, or in this case, across the Rio Grande.

Lost my boots in transit... protesters were attacked and beaten on the way to Selma and only made it half-way. Dual meanings- Also, Jerry did indeed lose his boots in a car crash where he was thrown from the car sometime in the mid sixties. Jerry had also once been on a trip to the deep south to learn about and collect old blues songs before they disappeared around about that time.

If all you've got to live for is what you've left behind, get yourself a powder-charge and seal that silver mine. The conservative southerners who used guns and powder to attack and kill the marchers in order to keep the old south from evolving into a more harmonious south.

Hello baby I'm gone goodbye- Mississippi half-step uptown toodeloo~ a farewell, a dance to an impending end but going out with a half a cup of glory-

They say that Cain caught Abel rolling loaded dice, "On the day that I was born daddy sat down and cried, I had the mark just as plain as day it could not be denied" of the beast, biblical references to the inherent capacity for evil in all humans.

Would have to ask Hunter personally about these possibilities, what else went into the verses?

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Poster: steam locomotive Date: Jan 16, 2011 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

A lot of folks go for 1977 for the barnburning solos, but the '73 versions are sweeter. Try this one on (also from DP14):

The post-Lazy River jam has some gorgeous interplay between Jerry and Keith that I've never heard in any other version.